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January 23, 2014
Salem News


- Police issued a citation Wednesday against 65-year-old Esther Gant, of Columbiana-Lisbon Road, Columbiana, for failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian after an accident Tuesday in the Walmart parking lot left a 2-year-old Salem boy injured. Police had been called to the scene shortly before noon Tuesday when a woman operating a van made a left turn from row 4 into a crosswalk area while a mother with her two children in a buggy were coming out of the store and were in the crosswalk. The vehicle struck the buggy, causing 2-year-old Caleb Nicoara to fall out and go under the van, with his 12-week-old brother, Ethen, falling to the ground in his carrier. They were taken to Salem Regional Medical Center with their mother via KLG Ambulance. The infant was checked over and released and Caleb was expected to be released Wednesday. According to Chief J.T. Panezott, the woman told police she didn't see them due to sun glare and another vehicle pulled up near the entrance.

- A resident in the 500 block of Highland Avenue reported at 9:48 p.m. Tuesday that he arrived home and saw a suspicious red truck at the end of his driveway. An officer checked the vehicle and learned it belonged to a company doing work at the residence.

- Police responded at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of South Ellsworth Avenue for a report of a man with a knife at a local restaurant. Police found that an intoxicated man picked up a dinner knife and it alarmed several people. The man had not threatened anyone or used the knife in any way. EMT and fire department first responders arrived and he was okay. A family member took him from the restaurant.

- A man in the 600 block of East Sixth Street at 8:44 p.m. Tuesday reported fraudulent activity on one of his bank cards. He had already contacted the bank.

- A man on South Lundy Avenue reported at 5:06 p.m. Tuesday that he attempted to buy items from a Walgreens in another city that required his driver's license and was told he couldn't buy the items due to an issue with his license. He said the store people told him his identity was possibly stolen and to file a police report. He was told his options.

- It was reported a man in a brown Chevy van was observed dumping toys and possibly trash in the recycling bins beside the fire department on South Ellsworth Avenue. An officer did not find any trash or other items beside any of the bins and made contact with the van driver, who said he only recycled plastic toys. Everything he put in the bins was plastic or cardboard.

- A woman on Southeast Boulevard reported at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday that she has a protection order against her former boyfriend so he is to have no contact with her and isn't to have someone else act on his behalf. She said he had his current girlfriend text her asking if she would allow him to see their children. The woman was told to contact her attorney.

- A parking complaint was filed at 10:18 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of North Lundy Avenue regarding a vehicle parked southbound at the corner of North Lundy Avenue and Fourth Street the wrong way. An officer spoke to a male passenger who advised of a situation at the residence and said the vehicle would be moved right away.


- An officer at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday returned a phone call to a resident who wanted to give information about an ongoing investigation from several departments.

- Police responded at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday to Big Dog's restaurant on South Ellsworth Avenue for a report of an assault with a knife involved. Police found that no assault took place.

- Police provided assistance at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday to a woman and two small juvenile passengers after coming upon a disabled vehicle on North Ellsworth Avenue at U.S. Route 62. Davidson's Towing was contacted to remove the vehicle and the female and children were given a ride to their residence due to the extremely cold weather.

- A woman requested at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday that police check on the welfare of a family member in the 200 block of Plymouth Place who was released from the hospital and could not be reached. Police contacted the family member with assistance from a neighbor and learned everything was fine. They were told to contact the woman.

- An officer on patrol at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday saw a male operating a go cart in a reckless manner in the area of West Perry Street and Andrew Avenue, made contact and told him to keep it off the road.

- Police checked an open door at an Apple Street property at 10:18 a.m. Tuesday and made contact with the company in charge to make repairs.

- Josh Irey, 33, of Salem, was cited for improper backing after he attempted to back his vehicle out of a driveway at 10:23 a.m. Monday on Benton Road and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Wayne Buchanan, 74, of Salem. No injuries were reported.


- Someone reported at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday kids were messing around the vehicles in the parking lot behind Cashland on North Main Street. Police checked the area but did not see any kids.

- A man reported at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday that while attempting to repossess a vehicle at a North Elm Street home the resident pulled into the drive and blocked him in so he could not leave with the vehicle. Police stood by so the vehicle could be removed.

- Kristie Covert, Howard Street, reported at 3:18 p.m. Tuesday a man keeps calling and threatening her daughter.

- Shelly Socciarelli, Duquesne Street, reported at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday her father was banging on the door of her home wanting to get inside and she didn't want him there. Police told the man to leave and he did.

- Police attempted to serve a warrant on Jesse K. Rapp on East Salem Street at 6:29 p.m. Tuesday on behalf of Boardman police. He was not there.

- Jamie L. Datillio, Spinnaker Drive, reported at 6 p.m. Tuesday her soon-to-be ex was "acting like a jerk." Police went to the home and found the couple were in a verbal dispute only and no action was taken.

- Stephanie Rimoldi, Lisbon Street, reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday she received a disturbing phone call from a man she didn't know.



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